I have a general question that I’m hoping people here can help with.
We are a Mac and PC household: 1 Mac, 1 PC, both laptops. The Mac has a Drobo hooked up to it from time to time, mostly to use as a repository for home movies and other homemade media. We also have a PS3, an HDTV, and a spare PC laptop lying around that we are not currently using. We have a bunch of media, mostly music purchased with iTunes, that we would like to serve to both computers. However, the Drobo on which most of the media is available is formatted HFS+ and the Mac is not always plugged into it. Some of the DRM’d media is also on the PC laptop that is currently being used.
In addition, we would like to be able to serve movies via Netflix, tv via Hulu, etc. etc., without having to plug a laptop in each time we want to do all of that stuff. We would ideally like all of our media consolidated onto one server, which could make use of the Drobo.
So basically, I am looking for suggestions for a home media server that can serve media to Macs and PCs, and to an HDTV. I’ve looked at PlayOn, but would prefer a solution that uses a Mac instead of a PC, just because most of the media is already on the HFS±formatted Drobo.
Does anyone have any suggestions, and does anyone know of a way of doing this with a Mac mini? That would be the ideal hardware solution in my mind, except that PlayOn doesn’t work with Macs (yet). Suggestions that involve reusing existing hardware get a gold star. Keep in mind that I’m not a hardcore hacker or networking guru.
Thanks in advance!